SALOIS, Helene H.
Helene H. Salois, 84, of North
Smithfield, Rhode Island and formerly a 26- year resident of Covina, California died Friday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence, Rhode Island after suffering a major stroke and cerebral hemorrhage. She was the wife of the late Walter E. J. Salois who died in 1979.
Born in Paris, France on October 5, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Gaston Quainon and Henriette H. Podevin. She was raised in Paris, went to work at an early age, lived through the German occupation of France and was witness to the historic liberation of France by Allied Forces in 1944.
It was during WWII that Helene was courted by Walter Salois, an American soldier of French-Canadian ancestry from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Following the war Walter and Helene were married and as a war bride Helene began her new life in Woonsocket.
Helene resided in Woonsocket from 1946 to 1956 when she moved with her family to California. They lived in California from 1956 until 1982 when they returned to the local area. She was a former communicant of Saint Louise de Marillac Church in Covina. Helene made her home in North Smithfield, Rhode Island for the past 30 years.
She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Helene is survived by her son Rev. Philip G. Salois, MS (Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette, Chief of Chaplain Service of VA Boston Healthcare System and National Chaplain of Vietnam Veterans of America) of Newtonville, MA. She was the sister of the late Raymond and Maurice Quainon and is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews in France.
Her Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 29, 2013 in Woonsocket. Helene will be buried with her husband at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside on Tuesday April 2nd at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the James Michael Ray Memorial Chapter #818 Vietnam Veterans of America, 333 Victory Hwy. North Smithfield, RI. 02896. Arrangements in Rhode Island were entrusted to Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home and in California the family is being assisted by the Akes Family Funeral Homes. www.menardfuneralhome.com